A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Yuma continues to grow as a performer and composer. He has been a member of the Grammy Jazz Ensembles, and the Disneyland All-American College Band, and has played with/for Oscar Peterson, David Benoit, Dave Brubeck, Patti Austin, Kirk Whalum, Jon Faddis, Gregg Field, Wayne Bergeron, and many more.
He's toured Japan numerous summers, with a CD released on Columbia Music Entertainment called Yuma Style. As a composer/arranger, he received the ASCAP Foundation Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship Award – an award given to two music compositions students at the Manhattan School of Music who show great produce in producing original work.
He has had the opportunity to be a part of the MetropoleOrchestra Arrangers Workshop; working with the orchestra, Vince Mendoza, and Roberta Gambarini. He just graduated from the 2 year Master's Degree in Film Scoring at New York University and he has scored several films with directors from Columbia and the School of Visual Arts.